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Top 10 Or So Favorite Basses

Discussion in 'Basses [BG]' started by chef wong, Oct 12, 2012.

  1. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    Whether you've owned them, or not..what's your favorite? And if you feel like sharing, tell us why...

    Alembic Distilliate: This thing goes far beyond all bass designs. Plus, I'm a bit OCD with neck straightness.

    Fender Jazz Plus/Ash body: I like how it feels Fender. What's best about this thing is the sound when in passive mode. Take one to a blues gig to find out.

    Rickenbacker 4001-4003: I don't care for any of the hardware/electronics they use, but the lack of deadspots and the way you can actually play chords on these is great. They look cool, too.

    Ibanez RD707: These just look so cool. I hope they're reissued out of Japan with the same care and craftsmanship.

    Any Fender Precision or Jazz made of Ash: I'd rather have a new piece of Ash than an Alder piece from a '64 Jazz. It's the resonance. And, of course old Ash sounds even better.

    Gibson EB/SG..particularly the one's with just one huge pickup at the neck: I can haul ass on these things. Warm tone, sustain. The one's from the 70's with the muddy finishes are the best.
  2. king_biscuit

    king_biscuit Supporting Member

    May 21, 2006
    Fender 60s spec Jazz (alder, rosewood, 7.5 radius, 60s pickup spacing)

    Fender 70s spec Jazz (ash, maple, 7.5 radius, 70s pickup spacing)

    Fender Precision (1 3/4 neck, 7.5 radius and maple board)

    70s MM Stingray

    EBMM Big AL (SSS model)

    Ric 4001/4003

    Stingray 5 (ceramic pickup)

    Spector NS5

    Ken Smith BT (with older 2 band eq)
  3. Sadowsky Ash/Maple 60's JJ
    Sadowsky Alder/Brazilian Rosewood 60's JJ
    Sadowsky Ash/Maple P
    EBMM Stingray

    Thats it.
  4. Mazinger

    Mazinger Supporting Member

    Nov 9, 2002
    I was going to mention the rd707 before I read your list.

    Very cool bass and very easy to play. I think many people look over it because of the 80s look.

    Yes....I have the bright magenta one. :bassist:
  5. pacojas

    pacojas "FYYA BUN"

    Oct 11, 2009
    so far!:)
  6. 4StringsEnough


    Mar 9, 2008
    Spector NS-2.

    Failing that, a Spector Euro 4 LX.

    Failing that, a Rebop. Then a Legend. All great. Just choose the one that fits your budget!
  7. j.kernodle


    Nov 23, 2008
    Charleston, SC
    Wal Mk1
    Mike Lull V4: super light resonant passive J's
    Spector NS2
    My 1978 Stingray
    Wenge neck streamer Stage II
    My buddy's mid 90's p bass. something special about that bass
    Ken Smith BSR or CR 5
    EBMM Sterling 5

    that's it for me.
  8. alecduncan


    Aug 12, 2011
    Peavey T40

    Peavey Cirrus

    Fender Geddy Lee

    Ibanez Blazer

    Gibson RD

    Ovation Magnum

    Fender Coronado II

    Lakland Decade

    Carvin SB5000
  9. xUptheIronsx

    xUptheIronsx Conform or Be Cast Out....

    Feb 6, 2010
    C-ville, Col, Ohio
    hmmm, the top 10 I would like to have would be

    1. my 72 p bass
    2. my 80 j bass
    3. my 86 Charvel 3b
    4. a 70-75 Azure-glo Rickenbacker
    5. 60-69 P Lake Placid Blue with maple neck
    6. 60-69 J any color with maple neck and block inlays
    7. an 80's era Jackson
    8. a Geddy Lee Jazz, black with the maple neck
    9. Steve Harris sig P-bass
    10. a Pedulla 5 string fretless
  10. phillybass101

    phillybass101 Supporting Member

    Jan 12, 2011
    Artist, Trickfish Amplification Bartolini Emerging Artist, MTD Kingston Emerging Artist. Artist, Tsunami Cables
    Brubaker USA Custom KXB5, ash body, ash neck, maple board...the sound
    Wyn Basses.....the sound
    Mayones Basses Pilichowski Model....the sound
    Marelaux Basses......the sound
    Pre Gibson Tobias....the sound
    MTD USA .......
    Certain Ken Smiths.......
    ZON Basses....
  11. Fodera Deluxe Monarch Spalted Maple/EMG pickups 4 string

    Alembic Mark King Deluxe Coccabola laminated, koa tone block 4 or 5 string

    Roscoe 3005 maple neck/bartolini pickups fretless

    Pavel Tzack Randy Coven artist series 4 string with kahler bridge

    Fodera Matt Garrison Flamed Maple/Seymour Duncan dual coil pickups 5 string

    Fodera AJ presentation Buckeye Burl finish/Seymour Duncan dual coil pickups 6 string

    Alembic Essence 4 string

    Ibanez SR705 Bartolini pickups

    1978/1980 Music Man Stingray Sunburst finish.
  12. Mystic Michael

    Mystic Michael Hip No Ties

    Apr 1, 2004
    New York, NY
    Sure, I'll play:
    • Spector Euro LX
    • Warwick Thumb NT
    • Modulus Quantum TBX
    • Peavey B-Quad 4/5
    • Rickenbacker 4001/4003
    • Brian Moore i5.13
    • Peavey TL5 MKII
    • Carvin Icon
    • Carvin Bromberg
    • Alembic Series I/II long scale
  13. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    Funny.... Cookye, I have 2-1/2 of your favorite 10.

    I have......
    • Alembic Mark King Deluxe 5-string with Coco Bolo top and back (Series II electronics)
    • Roscoe LG-3005 fretless
    • 1979 sunburst Music Man Sabre (that's the half.....Sabre not Stingray)

  14. Only 10? Sure, go ahead and make it too hard to narrow down...
  15. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    My list was all 4 strings. I do also have some sixes.

    Yamaha TRB-neck thru or bolt on

    Modulus TBX neck thru, or bolt on version

    Alembic Orion 6 string

    Early Smith Contrabass with the huge brass preamp box and engraved logo

    I can't afford any of this...
  16. malthumb


    Mar 25, 2001
    The Motor City
    My Top 10.....

    1. Alembic Series I or Series II, 4 or 5 string. Just totally awesome basses
    2. 1979 - 80 Music Man Sabre. My first REAL bass was a '79 Sabre that I bought new, kept for 20 years, then sold. Regretted selling it and eventually bought a '79 and an '80. Keeping both.
    3. Roscoe LG-3005. Played Vic's at a GTG. Awesome bass. Went out and ordered my own fretless 3005.
    4. Hanewinckel 5-string. Used to own two 6-strings. Seriously under rated basses with the best necks / fingerboard feel. If they were 5-string i'd still own them.
    5. Music Man Bongo 5-string. Bought one on a no-payments no-interest plan. Was totally shocked at how versatile the preamp is in this beast. Sold it at the end of the promotion, since that was my going in plan. Really thought about keeping it.
    6. MTD 535. Surprisingly easy to play bass, at least the one I tried out.
    7. Fender Marcus Miller 4-string. With a J-Retro preamp, this bass REALLY brings the funk.
    8. Pensa 5-string. Goofed around with one at Rudy's in NYC. Best J-style I've ever laid my hands on.
    9. CallowHill J(unk) 5 (haven't played one.....purely lust speaking)
    10. Devon Diamond J. Had one for a couple years. Great bass. If I didn't already have three 5-strings that I have no intention of ever parting with, this one might have stayed.

    I have at some point or other owned all but the MTD, Pensa, and CallowHill and have played all but the CallowHill.
  17. chef wong

    chef wong Banned

    Sep 15, 2012
    Those Hanewinckle's are something else.
  18. konnakelhaine


    Oct 5, 2012
    any shechter
    any fender
    any ibanez
    any warwick.
    mostly any reasonablly sounding and comfitable basses

    I LOVE BASS!!!!
  19. JimmyM


    Apr 11, 2005
    Apopka, FL
    Endorsing: Ampeg Amps, EMG Pickups
    P Lyte
    Danelectro Longhorn
    Hofner Club Bass
    Guild Starfire
    Old Tobias
    Steinberger L2
    Alembic Series II
    Mosrite Ventures
  20. 1SHOT1HIT


    Feb 17, 2012
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